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Lincolnshire, Illinois
Reviewed 2 days ago NEWvia mobile

We will be returning to Cal Mar in May of this year. We have stayed many times over the years as a family member lives in Santa Monica. I am writing primarily because I am disheartened by so many of the negative reviews. We have had and made many awesome memories here. It is a very unique property with a...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Okay, where to start. The resort, for want of a better word, is poorly maintained. The very small swimming pool area sits in front of all the rooms above in a big circle. The surround to the pool area is concrete which has many cracks, which over many years have been repaired with bitumen/ acrypol. No attempt has been made...

Thank JohnfromBG
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This little hotel is very old and it is very noticeable as soon as you step into the pool area. The rooms are old styling but even though old it is clean. Carpets do need a good steam clean. There is a old style kitchen and the bathroom is old and small. I guess if you are looking for price...

Thank Bigfellaindustrygear
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perfect Santa Monica location. Our extended family stayed in several rooms while attending celebrations in Santa Monica, specifically, a family wedding at the Fairmont Hotel nearly next door. Some rooms still need some carpet and furniture upgrades but not one family member had a complaint. Loved having a suite that allowed us all to stretch out and have meals in...

1Thank leeniegeek
Kent, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the worst hotel I think I have ever seen. The room smells as you enter the carpets are dirty with dirty stains. The furniture I wouldn't let a dog sleep on. The sheets were off white and I didn't want to move in bed In case I disturbed the bed bugs or what ever else was lurking there....

2Thank jannarshall
Brentwood, Tennessee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The rooms here were one bedroom apartments in its day, so there is plenty of room. A nice sized living room, a dining area, a full kitchen plus the bedroom. The location is very good, just blocks off the main street and away from the 3rd street shopping area, but an easy walk. Parking is an issue. The hotel charges...

1Thank happyretireds
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 March 2017

The Hotel Cal Mar had very friendly staff on reception (we felt warmly welcomed) and everything was spotlessly clean. The decor was very retro (kind of 1960s) but I found that pretty cool and having a fully equipped kitchen was great. It's such a shame they don't go one further and put in a washing machine and dryer - if...

1Thank LonePineKath
Douglas N, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comments, I do want you to know that we do offer a washer and dryer for guests next time ask the front desk and they will show you where the equipment is located. Thank you again and hope to see you soon.

Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

it's nice because it has a kitchen and enough room for 5 people to sleep comfortably. parking here is $35 a night but there is a place a mile away to park for $17. there's a heated pool as soon as u walk in. the rooms are extremely NOT sound proof. the people around us were loud and we had...

Thank Esther L
Douglas N, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments and when we do start the renovations the soundproofing is on the list. We hope to see you again.

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is a great property that sits within minutes of the Santa Monica beach/boardwalk. Additionally, it is within walking distance of the 3rd Street Promenade. The property is well maintained and extremely clean; however, investment in renovating and updating the carpets would be money well spent. The décor is old. When I entered the room, I thought I was visiting...

1Thank Imelda M
Douglas N, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments, and I am well aware that new furniture is needed, but as you said we do our best to make sure each suite is very clean.

Reviewed 30 December 2016

This was the third year that we've stayed at the Cal Mar. Each year, the wear and tear is more obvious: stained carpets; cracked tiles; broken doors ... With its location, the Cal Mar could become a jewel. Rather, it's a worn out old dress. The staff was very nice. Parking at $35/day is a ripoff. We parked in the...

2Thank Mel_Paris
Douglas N, General Manager at Cal Mar Hotel Suites, responded to this review

We do appreciate you staying with us. We do understand your concerns about the rooms but we do want you to know that we charge the least of any of the hotels in the city for parking and you have in and out privileges where at other hotels you pay each time you enter. We hope to start very soon...

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Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers, roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica pier spins high above the water, while park revelers scream with delight riding the roller coaster. Inland from the beach, Third Street Promenade bustles with shoppers and street performers, where every block seems to have a musical or acrobatic act drawing crowds giving Santa Monica both the feeling of a laid-back beach town and a major commercial hub.
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Additional Information about Cal Mar Hotel Suites

Address: 220 California Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403-3606
Region: United States > California > Santa Monica > Santa Monica
Price Range: €212 - €318 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Cal Mar Hotel Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 36
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Also Known As:
Cal Mar Hotel Santa Monica
Cal Mar Santa Monica
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#19 Business Hotel in Santa Monica
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“Book somewhere else.”
JohnfromBG, 17 Apr 2017 | Read review
“balcony room on California avenue afforded balcony views of ocean and mountains. Street not noisy.”
leeniegeek, 6 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Corner rooms seem quiet!”
371imeldam, 17 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Not sure there is one.”
Mel_Paris, 29 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Best are apts backing onto the alley entered from Third Street.”
usaphile, 29 Dec 2016 | Read review
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